The Royal Navy Officer's Pocket-Book

Author: Brian Lavery

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472834100

Category: History

Page: 144

View: 2091

""The art of command is…to be the complete master, and yet the complete friend of every man on board; the temporal lord and yet the spiritual brother of every rating; to be detached and yet not dissociated.' A Seaman's Pocket-Book, 1943', has found huge appeal with the British public. Presented in the same format, the Officer's Handbook gathers together useful advice and instruction for those naval officers fighting the Second World War on all aspects of their job, expressed in the benevolent language of the day, when authority was respected. The Handbook has been compiled and edited by Brian Lavery, who provides commentary and an introduction. Sections include: the Officer's Aid Memoire containing notes of the training course at one of the officer training schools; Notes for medical officers and treatment of battle casualties afloat; Notes for captains on taking command of their first ship; Notes for commanding officers; Notes on the handling and safety of ships and notes on dealing with disobedience and mutiny. While suffused with nostalgia and charm, the various contents of this book are an authentic presentation of matters of training, authority and deportment in the wartime navy. The book is sure to appeal not only to those who served in the war or had a relative who was in the officer class, but also to anyone who wants to gain a greater understanding of the day-to-day administration of the wartime navy.

Britain's Future Navy

Author: Nick Childs

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books

ISBN: 9781473823242

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 8922

What kind of Royal Navy does Britain need now? The 21st century promises to be one of huge uncertainties and challenges for the senior service. Does Britain have the right naval strategy to cope with emerging threats (does it have a naval strategy at all, and should it?) and, if so, does the Navy have the right ships and enough of them to implement it? Nick Childs looks at the changing strategic environment (including economic difficulties and the growth of other navies such as China and India). He asks what Britain's role in the world could or should be - is she still interventionist? If so, should our forces be designed purely to work with US, UN or Western European forces? What are the options for a naval strategy? The author considers what kind of navy would be needed to support such options. What kind of ships are needed and how many? What of aircraft carriers and the nuclear option? What are the technological developments affecting current and future warship design projects? Is the new Type 45 destroyer what is needed and worth the cost? Given the depths to which the RN has shrunk in terms of numbers, public profile, and strength relative to its peers, this probably is a critical period in terms of determining the RN's future. This new paperback edition has been revised and updated to take into account the most recent developments and government defense decisions.


A guide to British Naval slang & usage

Author: Rick Jolly

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1844861627

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 544

View: 1798

Jackspeak is a comprehensive reference guide to the humorous and colourful slang of the Senior Service, explaining in layman's termsthe otherwise cryptic everyday language of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Fleet Air Arm. Featuring more than 4,000 alphabetical entries, it was compiled by an ex-RM surgeon who spent 24 years in theservice. With useful cross-references and examples of common usagethroughout, along with excellent illustrations by Tugg, the cartoonistfrom service newspaper Navy News, it is the essential book forcurrent and ex-Navy personnel and their families, or anyone interested in the modern armed forces. Conway is proud to present a revised and updated edition of this classic volume, which is already acknowledged as the standard reference for every Jack, Jenny and Royal joining the Andrew, or for any civvy who wants a real insight into the unique culture of the Navy.

Picking Up the Brass

Author: Eddy Nugent

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781906308032

Category: Soldiers

Page: 245

View: 4163

It's 1985 and teenager Eddy Nugent is slowly going out of his mind with boredom in Manchester - so he joins the British Army. Overnight, he leaves the relative sanity of civvie street and falls headlong into the lunatic parallel universe of basic training: a life of press-ups, boot polish and drills. Gradually, he finds his feet and settles down to life as a soldier. Written by two soldiers and closely based on their own experiences, this is a must for anyone who has served, anyone who is planning to serve or anyone who is thinking about it.

Royal Navy Way of Leadership

Author: Andrew St George

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409051692

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

View: 7976

Four years ago the Second Sea Lord of the Royal Navy asked Andrew St George to spend time with every level of the Navy staff, from junior sailors in the engine room of an aircraft carrier, to handlers of landing craft, through to Royal Marines, ships’ commanders, and Royal Navy staff right up to Navy Board and Cabinet level, with the aim of creating a book which distils the leadership culture of perhaps the most highly respected and efficient organization in the world. This book charts that journey – representing the largest piece of research on Royal Navy leadership ever done – and it is the current state of the art leadership framework for the Navy. St George writes about how to plan and execute, how to exercise judgment and how to motivate people. Everything in the book is here because it works, tested over thousands of hours of hard training, rigorous assessment and absolute measurement. The book’s messages are deceptively simple. In order to succeed we must have: the clarity of intent; the strategy; the resources; a contingency plan; an emotional investment. These tenets stand in all walks of business and personal life. The Royal Navy’s way of getting things done depends on soft skills, high emotional intelligence and an understanding of how people work in small teams.This book (15,000 copies) will be issued to every Royal Navy officer and Senior Rate (middle manager) in the Service. The book’s insights are profound and their applications are wide-ranging: for industry, for finance, for professional services, for commerce, for academia and for the public sector these methods of planning, executing and inspiring make a tried, tested and effective way of leadership.

Royal Naval Officers from War to War, 1918-1939

Author: Mike Farquharson-Roberts,John A.G. Roberts

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113748196X

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 6365

In the context of their war experience in the First World War, the changes and developments of the Executive branch of the Royal Navy between the world wars are examined and how these made them fit for the test of the Second World War are critically assessed.

Accelerated Logistics

Streamlining the Army's Supply Chain

Author: Mark Wang

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 9780833043573

Category: History

Page: 48

View: 6272

In June 1998, U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government presented a team of Army logisticians and RAND analysts the "Hammer Award" in recognition of a great accomplishment: making Army logistics work better and cost less. This report documents that achievement.

The Royal Navy in the Falklands Conflict and the Gulf War

Culture and Strategy

Author: Alistair Finlan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135771138

Category: History

Page: 232

View: 922

This book suggests that institutional culture can account for a great deal of the activities and rationale of the Royal Navy. War highlights the role of culture in military organizations and as such acts as a spotlight by which this phenomenon can be assessed seperately and then in comparison in order to demonstrate the influence of institutional culture on strategy.

The Royal Navy Since 1815

A New Short History

Author: Eric Grove

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230802184

Category: History

Page: 311

View: 7936

This book fills an important gap in the literature on the history of the modern Royal Navy. Eric Grove provides the only up-to-date, single-authored short history of the service over the last two hundred years, synthesizing the new work and latest research on the subject which has radically transformed our understanding of the story of British naval development. Grove offers a concise and authoritative account of Royal Navy policy, structure, technical development and operations from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the close of the eventful twentieth century. Ideal for both specialist and general readers, this essential introduction explains how the Royal Navy maintained its pre-eminent position in the nineteenth century and how it coped with the more difficult problems of the twentieth, in times of peace and war.


An Enchanted Place

Author: Joslin Fiennes

Publisher: ACC Distribution

ISBN: 9781851497263

Category: Art

Page: 284

View: 8272

"A touching coffee table addition for those with fond memories of this charming coastal locality"

The Queen

Elizabeth II and the Monarchy

Author: Ben Pimlott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007114351

Category: Great Britain

Page: 780

View: 2031

The institution of monarchy in Britain is in deep crisis. Scarcely a day goes by without some new revelation about the private life of some or other of the Royals splashed all over the tabloid newspapers, and public interest in the House of Windsor is more feverish and obssessional than ever. This book takes the Queen seriously as the subject of historical biography, exmaining in depth the influences that formed her or the ideas she represents.

Cold War Command

The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner

Author: Dan Conley,Richard Woodman

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848327692

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 2366

The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines in order to destroy them should there be any outbreak of hostilities. ??Dan Conley takes the reader through his early career in diesel submarines, prior to his transition to the complex and very demanding three-dimensional world of operating nuclear submarines; he describes the Royal Navy's shortcomings in ship and weapons procurement and delivers many insights into the procurement failures which led to the effective bankrupting of the Defence budget in the first decade of the 21st century. In command of the hunter killer submarines Courageous and Valient in the 1980s, he achieved exceptional success against Soviet submarines at the height of the Cold War. He was also involved in the initial deployment of the Trident nuclear weapon system, and divulges hitherto un-revealed facets of nuclear weapons strategy and policy during this period.??This gripping read takes you onboard a nuclear submarine and into the depths of the ocean, and relays the excitement and apprehensions experienced by British submariners confronted by a massive Soviet Navy.??As featured on White Horse News and in the Bath Chronicle.

Shield of Empire

Author: Brian Lavery

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905422

Category: History

Page: 544

View: 7187

The Royal Navy has always been seen as an English institution, despite a large Scottish contribution, from Admiral Duncan at Camperdown in 1797 to Andrew Cunningham in the Second World War. The Royal Navy's most dramatic effect on Scotland, aside from its role in the British Empire and European wars, was in suppressing the Jacobite campaigns from 1708 to 1746. This book breaks new ground in telling the stories of almost forgotten campaigns, such as the submarine war in the Firth of Forth in 1914-18. In two world wars, and since the 1960s, a large proportion of the Navy's power has been based in Scotland, from the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow to Trident submarines at Faslane. Most British sailors of the Second World War had part of their training in Scotland, and the famous base at Tobermory was only one of many. Yet, the Navy never felt at home in Scotland. As one Scottish admiral put it, 'In both wars the Royal Navy flooded into Scotland to make use of our deep water ports and sea lochs for large-scale and safer anchorages. After each war the Navy unimaginatively retreated en masse to the Channel.' The book ends with a unique account of the setting up of the controversial missile bases in the Holy Loch and Gareloch. Brian Lavery then looks at the future in order to determine the effect devolution and possible independence might have on Scotland and the Royal Navy.

GCSE Mathematics

Author: Richard Parsons

Publisher: Coordination Group Publication

ISBN: 9781841465524

Category: General Certificate of Secondary Education

Page: 140

View: 6113

This book is packed with practice questions for students taking Higher Level GCSE Maths. It covers all the major exam boards with a range of exercises to test your maths skills. Answers are available in a separate book (9781841465753). Alternatively, an edition of this Workbook is available with answers included (9781841466477).

Battle Stars for the "Cactus Navy"

America's Fishing Vessels and Yachts in World War II

Author: David D. Bruhn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780788455735

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 3768

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy obtained approximately 700 vessels from private owners, armed them, designated them as patrol yachts (PY) or patrol craft (YP), and sent them to sea. The vessels spanned the spectrum from yacht to waterfront work horse-fishing vessel, whaler, tug, and freighter. San Diego tuna fishermen-including those that would be aboard their boats at the Battle of Midway, and at Guadalcanal supporting the 1st Marines-donned Navy uniforms without the benefit of "boot camp" training and went off to war. They were joined by fishermen and yachtsmen from ports and harbors all across America, as well as men straight from cities and rural towns. Officers and crewmen who took vessels into harm's way received the Navy Cross, and other awards for valor for acts of heroism performed under fire. Officers aboard the yachts Fisheries II and Maryanne were awarded Navy Crosses for their actions during the defense of the Philippines-three posthumously, as they died while prisoners of war. Three men aboard the YP-346-sunk by the Japanese light cruiser Sendai-also earned Navy Crosses, and the YP-346 and two other former tuna boats at Guadalcanal received the Presidential Unit Citation for heroism. YPs and PYs at Saipan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Leyte, and Balikpapan earned battle stars for combat; the ex-halibut boat YP-251 was credited with sinking a Japanese submarine in Alaskan waters, and the patrol yacht Siren earned a battle star during one of the most successful series of attacks on a convoy by a single German submarine. Others did not fare so well; the YP-389 and patrol yacht Cythera were lost to German U-boats in infamous "Torpedo Junction" off North Carolina. All of the unheralded vessels served when called, and like militiamen of old, they were mustered out when no longer needed. Battle Stars for the "Cactus Navy" is a companion book of MacArthur and Halsey's "Pacific Island Hoppers."